Agnė Savarauskienė, Rolandas Maskoliunas and Laura Rutkute
“Artspace: Slovakia” at Galerija Vartai, Lithuania
Photo: Gintaras Janavicius
“Artscape: Slovakia” Galerija Vartai, Vilnius June 18 – July 27, 2013
On June 18, Galerija Vartai opened two solo shows of the continuing interdisciplinary project “Artscape” – “Interval” by contemporary Slovak artist Stano Masár and new series of drawings “Talvisota” (“Winter War”) by the young Lithuanian artist Mindaugas Lukošaitis.
“Artscape” was launched in 2009, when Vilnius was the European Capital of Culture. Hosted by Galerija Vartai it introduces unique solo projects of foreign artists paired with Lithuanian authors. A total of 36 Lithuanian and European artists have already participated in the project. This time the gallery’s exhibition space is shared between Mindaugas Lukošaitis and Stano Masár.
Mindaugas Lukošaitis (1980) is a universal artist, who has “inherited” all the best properties from the older “first” generation of Lithuanian interdisciplinary artists who made their debut in the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, Lukošaitis is famous not for complex installations or digital media, but for series of graphite drawings. Graphite technique has a natural connection with monochrome documentary photography, especially the low quality post-World War II Soviet propaganda pictures retouched with ink or graphite. Without any direct reference to archival material or photographs that would illustrate the topic, Lukošaitis substitutes documentary history with his own imagination.
Stano Masár (1971) is a post-conceptual artist working in the media of installation, object, light art and video. In his works he often uses and manipulates the most important artworks in the history of art. Author with the sense of humour and a little bit of criticism tries to show and define the established and universal history of art, a schematic view of it. Stano Masár brings to Vilnius rearticulated masterpieces of art history - Michelangelo's Last Judgement and famous names of current artistic scene - such as Damien Hirst, Mauritio Cattelan or Pipilotti Rist.
Artist Mindaugas Lukosaitis and art director of Galerija Vartai Laura Rutkute
Vaidas Grincevicius, Nordea Finance Lithuania, artist Stano Masár, Kristina Spalveters
Artist Andrius Zakarauskas
Curator Juraj Carny and Indre Tubiniene, the director of Lewben Art Foundation
Project Coordinator at TEDxVilnius Justina Staselyte, Rolandas Maskoliunas from LRT TV and Lithuanian cultural attaché in Stockholm and Copenhagen Liana Ruokyte
Artist Stano Masár
Director of the Kino Pavasaris Film Festival Vida Ramaskiene and Rita Balenaite